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Enjoy Life in the Cloud—Make the Switch to Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of Cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time and money and free up valuable resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with Cloud-based versions of next-generation communications and collaboration services from Microsoft: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. Office 365 is simple to use and easy to administer – all backed by the robust security and guaranteed reliability customers expect from a world-class service provider. PowerObjects would love to help you make the switch to Office 365—we think it can transform the way you do business.

What you get with Office 365

Microsoft did a great job of listening to their customers when developing Office 365. Here’s just a brief overview of what it can include:

  • Exchange Online. Get access to your email, calendar and contacts from any web browser on virtually any internet-connected device. With 50 GB storage, you can send attachments up to 25 MB in size and have endless archiving options. Exchange Online plays a large part in processing email and messages that are generated by Dynamics CRM, including outgoing marketing emails, inbound messages and tech support questions.
  • SharePoint Online. Organize and share team documents, create online knowledge bases and collaborate with your colleagues. SharePoint can also be integrated into Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Also included in your SharePoint site is Office Web Apps. Instead of being tied to a local machine, you can open a web browser from any computer and use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote.
  • Lync Online. This is cloud communication at its best, with instant messaging and video conferencing that allows you to quickly ping your colleagues and get real-time replies. Set up real-time meetings, online training and web-based support sessions with colleagues and clients. These activities will also be captured in Dynamics CRM as appointments. You can have up to 250 people in a single meeting. People who don’t have Lync installed on their computer can still join a Lync meeting online and use all the Lync features.
  • Office Professional Plus. This is the downloadable version of the exact same out-of-the-box Microsoft Office you would purchase from a retailer. It includes the newest version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Access, Outlook, InfoPath and more! Office Professional Plus can be installed on 5 devices. If you’re running an old version of Office and looking to upgrade, or you always want the latest Microsoft products on your computer, you may want to look at Office Professional Plus as a solution.
  • SkyDrive is a service that enables you to upload files to cloud storage and  access them from a Web browser, PC or Mac, and mobile devices—no manual syncing or cables needed. With SkyDrive, you’ll never be without the documents, notes, photos, and videos that matter to you. Just log on to a web browser, sign in to skydrive.com, and go to work viewing or editing.

The Most Powerful Office Yet

  • Best Productivity ExperienceUpdates are automatic in Office 365, so you can count on always having the latest versions of the tools you rely on
  • Access AnywhereGet anywhere-access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device
  • Work With What You KnowWork with Microsoft Office and the other programs you already count on everyday such as Excel, Word, Outlook, Lync, PowerPoint, OneNote and more
  • Robust Security and ReliabilityGet a geo-redundant, four-front security and spam filter with a 99.9% up-time guarantee–if it’s down any longer, Microsoft will send you a reimbursement check
  • IT Control and EfficiencyWhile Microsoft hosts Office 365, you still have admin rights along with tools to make it easy for you to manage, including business-class features such as IT phone support
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Office 365 Plans and Subscriptions

If you would like to activate an Office 365 account with any of these plans, click on the box to get started. Your account will ask you to purchase one license to start. After your account is activated you can purchase more licenses.

PowerObjects will receive Partner of Record on your account. Once you have your Office 365 account completely set up and ready for migration, you can use our PowerMigration tool for free.

If you would like PowerObjects to have Delegated Admin access to your Office 365 account, check the box allowing us Admin rights. This will be the first option.

Exchange Online Plan 1

$4 per user/month

  • Cloud-based email using your own domain name
  • Shared calendars
  • Configurable anti-spam filtering
  • Active Directory synchronization
  • 25GB user mailboxes and ability to send attachments up to 25 MB

* Can mix with the Enterprise level plans (E1, E3 & E4).

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Exchange Online Plan 2

$8 per user/month

  • Everything in Exchange Online Plan 1 plus:
  • Advanced archiving and compliance
  • Unlimited storage
  • Hosted voicemail

* Can mix with the Enterprise level plans (E1, E3 & E4).

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Midsize Business Plan

$15 per user/month

  • User Max: 300
  • Everything (Exchange Online Plan 1)
  • SharePoint 20 Site Collections
  • Lync
  • Office Professional Plus desktop version subscription

* does not mix with any other plans

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Enterprise Plan 1 (E1)

$8 per user/month

  • Everything Exchanger Online plan1)* plus:
  • Configurable anti-spam filtering
  • SharePoint intranet supporting up to 300 subsites.
  • Lync (IM/presence/Online meetings)

* Can mix with E3, E4, K1 and Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Plan 2

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Enterprise Plan 3 (E3)

$20 per user/month

* Can mix with E1, E4, K1 plans and Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Plan 2

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Enterprise Plan 4 (E4)

$22 per user/month

* Can mix with E1, E3, K1 and Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Plan 2

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Kiosk Worker Plan 1 (K1)

$4 per user/month

  • User max: 50,000 +
  • 1GB of mailbox storage per user with Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online Access Only (No Edits)
  • Lync IM only
  • Office Web Apps View Only
  • Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) support for smart phones

* Can mix with the Enterprise level plans (E1, E3 & E4)

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Office Professional Plus

$15 per user/month

  • Office Professional Plus desktop version subscription (for up to 5 devices per user)

* Does not include Exchange Online

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SharePoint

$3 per user/month

  • 10GB of storage per company + 500MB per user
  • Additional storage is available for $.20/GB per month with a 25TB max. Public and Team site
  • Integration with Dynamics CRM online

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Coming Soon!

PowerObjects is currently building a tool called PowerMigrate. Once available, this tool will allow you to migrate from Gmail, Exchange 2003, or Exchange 2007 to Office 365.

If you set PowerObjects as your Microsoft Partner of Record for your Office 365 subscriptions, this migration tool is free to use. You will only get to use the migration tool by setting PowerObjects as Partner of Record.

PowerMigrate works in four parts: Connection, Mailboxes, Migrate, and Track.

  • Connection. The first step is to create a solid connection between your current exchange and your Office 365 account. Only Global Administrators for your Office 365 account can create the kind of connection needed to get your migration started.
  • Mailboxes. The second step is to add a user list to be migrated over to your Office 365 account. You can add each user individually or in bulk. PowerObjects will require the password for each user’s current email address. You’ll have the option to send automated emails to the recipients of email addresses being added, which will request the password to their current email exchange. After typing out the password and clicking submit, the user will be added to your list.
  • Migrate. Before your migration, you will choose what you would like to have migrated (emails, contacts, calendar, notes, and/or tasks). You will also be able to review your user list and be sure all users are correctly added and we have established a connection with their current exchange. When ready, you can start your migration.
  • Track. Once your migration is started, you can track each user’s migration status, including percentage completed, errors, mailbox size and log file. After your migration is completed, you can review the migration statistics or start another migration.

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Is there a difference between Office 365 and Microsoft Office? Office 365 is a subscription plan for Microsoft products including Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and SkyDrive. Online-only Office 365 plans are a great choice for certain business needs, and they are compatible with desktop versions of the latest version of Office, Office 2010, Office 2007 (with slightly limited functionality), Office 2011 for Mac, and Office 2008 for Mac. Depending on which Office 365 subscription you go with, these Microsoft cloud services may also include Office Professional Plus.

Office Professional Plus is the downloadable version of the exact same Office you would download at your local retailer. It includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and more! If you’re someone that’s running an old version of Office looking to upgrade or just want the newest version of Office on your PC or Mac, Office Professional Plus may be the way to go.

Is Internet access required for Office 365? Your Office 365 account will be set up and managed through a web portal. You will be required to have intranet access when activating your Office 365 account and when you install the Microsoft products that come with your plan. Office 365 cloud productivity services, including email, conferencing, IT management, and other services will require internet connectivity as well.

Office Professional Plus has the downloadable desktop sweep of Microsoft products. One of the benefits of having the desktop version of Office applications is that you can work offline and have the confidence that the next time you connect to the Internet all your work will automatically sync, so you never have to worry about your documents being up to date. Your desktop version of Office is also automatically kept up to date and upgraded when you connect to the Internet, so you always have the latest tools to help you work.

How does the Support Work? Microsoft provides excellent support for Office 365 to their customers. PowerObjects recommends using the options below to find support for your Office 365 account.

The first option is looking into the Microsoft Office 365 Community. This is a great way to see how other Office 365 users/companies communicate and learn about Office 365. It has features such as blogs, forums, wikis and a troubleshooting section. http://community.office365.com/en-us/default.aspx As an admin for Office 365, you can get help from the Office 365 Support team for technical, billing, and subscription issues with Microsoft Support.

Can I switch to other Office 365 Plans? What plans work best with Dynamics CRM? PowerObjects recommends choosing the Enterprise level plans, then adjusting your subscription to accommodate your company’s needs and budget. With the Enterprise, plans you can transition your account within plan families, for example, from Office 365 Enterprise E1 to Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E4. You can also mix these plans with Exchange Online or the Kiosk plans.

Other Office 365 plans like Small Business Premium and Midsized Business are premade packaged plans. You cannot mix with other plans and if you want to switch plans you need to activate another account, do a full migration off whatever plan you are on then deactivate that account after the migration is completed.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online can be purchased and integrated with your Enterprise plan or Midsized Business Plan. Within the Microsoft portal you can manage both Dynamics and Office 365. It also makes it easier to allow Single-Sign-On access and set up Active Directory Sync.

You cannot transition between Office 365 plan families, that is, from an Office 365 Small Business plan to Office 365 Midsize Business or an Office 365 Enterprise plan, or vice versa. In order to change from a plan in one family to another (for example, from a Small Business plan to the Midsize Business plan, or from the Midsize Business plan to an Enterprise plan), you must cancel your subscription and active a new Office 365 account under the plan you want.

Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Case Study: The Global Orphan Project

Challenge: As their organization continued to grow and expand, The Global Orphan Project determined that their existing Google Apps solution was not meeting their needs. It did not easily integrate with their existing Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution, which was critical to running their organization. Solution: PowerObjects stepped in to move the organization from Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365, as well as to handle the overall Dynamics CRM integration.



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